Author: Dr Maliha Siddiqui

General Dental Care BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

How long do dental fillings last?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Often, when a tooth is physically damaged from decay or trauma, dental fillings are used to replace lost structure. As dentists, we try maximise the lifespan of all fillings by using the best materials placed under ideal working conditions. However, everything in dentistry has a finite lifespan and fillings are no different. A commonly asked Read more...

Should I replace my amalgam fillings?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Not too long ago, amalgam was the material of choice for dentists when placing fillings. Amalgam fillings, when properly done, were inexpensive, easy to place and long lasting. As dentistry has evolved, however, the disadvantages of amalgam have become more apparent. Apart from a lack of visual appeal, one of the main disadvantages of amalgam Read more...

What are CEREC fillings?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Let’s face it: no one likes having a dental filling. Every time a filling, or “restoration”, is placed on a tooth, we commit the tooth to a restoration cycle. Unfortunately no material in dentistry lasts forever and so, in many cases, fillings need to be maintained and replaced over time. The ideal material for a Read more...

Are women especially prone to oral health problems?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

There are many areas where women’s oral health factors may differ from those of men, the obvious ones being related to reproduction. Puberty, pregnancy and the oral contraceptive pill Puberty, pregnancy and use of “the pill” all give rise to hormonal fluctuations in women. Gingival (or gum) tissues in the human mouth have receptors for Read more...

What are my options if I want to change the shape of my teeth?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Whether it is subtle improvements or major changes that you’re after, several options are available to you if you want your dentist to reshape your teeth. Simple odontoplasty/recontouring If only minor shape changes are needed, we can remove small amounts of enamel to achieve the desired result. This procedure is known as odontoplasty, which basically Read more...

Choosing the right toothpaste

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Let’s face it, most people don’t put a lot of thought into deciding which toothpaste to buy. Yet it is important to know that the toothpaste you use is the best one for your oral health. Apart from giving you that freshly cleaned feeling, toothpaste plays an essential role in the care of your teeth Read more...